Mr. M. Ashraf Haidari

  • Full Name : Mr. M. Ashraf Haidari
  • Contact No : (+93) 777-111-111 /
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  • Position : Research Fellow
  • Section : Research Fellows


Mr. M. Ashraf Haidari is the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Afghanistan to Sri Lanka, prior to which he was the Director-General of Policy and Strategy of the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan from 2015 to 2018. From 2012-2015, he served as the Deputy Chief of Mission (Minister Counselor) of the Embassy of Afghanistan in New Delhi, India. From June 2011 to July 2012, he served as the Deputy Assistant National Security Advisor of Afghanistan. From 2004 to 2011, Mr. Haidari served the Embassy of Afghanistan in the United States in various capacities including: Chargé d’Affaires, Deputy Chief of Mission, Political Counselor, and Acting Defense Attaché. He is also an author and TV and radio commentator on Afghanistan and regional affairs. Mr. Haidari is a Visiting Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) in New Delhi; a Senior Fellow at the Institute of National Security Studies of Sri Lanka (INSSSL); a Senior International Security Fellow at the New America (2019 to 2020); and a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Delhi Policy Group (DPG) (2015 to 2016). He has also served as a member of the editorial board of the Diplomatist Magazine in New Delhi and has been a Blog-Contributor at the Center for Public Diplomacy, University of Southern California. Mr. Haidari is internationally educated in the United States, Switzerland, and Afghanistan. He holds a Master of Arts in Security Studies (Concentration: International Security and Development) from the Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service in Washington-DC; and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations from Wabash College in Indiana. During 2002-2003, Mr. Haidari was a Fellow in Foreign Service at the Georgetown University Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, and holds advanced certificates in International Affairs and Refugee and Humanitarian Emergencies from the University. Mr. Haidari is the recipient of many public and academic awards, and speaks English, Dari/Farsi, French, and some Russian. He was born and grew up in Afghanistan, and shares a personal story that resonates with millions of other ordinary Afghans touched by decades of conflict. He experienced these hardships firsthand both under the Soviet occupation in 1980s and the Taliban rule in 1990s. Mr. Haidari is married and has one son. He is presently is a Research Fellow at AISS. Twitter: @MAshrafHaidari


  • Afghan foreign policy
  • International security and development
  • Energy security
  • Strategic policy planning
  • Strategic communications
  • Counter-terrorism
  • Counter-narcotics
  • Conflict analysis and resolution
  • Refugee and humanitarian emergencies
  • International migration and diaspora studies 
  • Americas, Europe, South Asia, Central Asia, South West Asia, the Middle East, and Caucasus


  • Please see Mr. Haidari’s biography.